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"Adelante," new training program covering Latin America, will benefit 270 journalists in the next five years; apply now



The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) opened applications for its newest reporting initiative, Adelante (Moving Forward), a Latin America-focused program in which it seeks to train 270 journalists over the next five years.

"Over the next five years, through our new Adelante program, we will continue our work in Latin America to strengthen the professional development, impact and safety of women journalists. This program has the potential to not just change traditional media narratives about the region, but to train and support the next generation of journalists," said Elisa Lees Munoz, IWMF executive director.

As part of the initiative, the organization said it will offer international reporting trips, year-long fellowships and security training for journalists. The program covers Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Mexico-U.S. border.

In the span of five years, starting in 2016, the organization will offer 30 international reporting fellowship trips around the region to women journalists, according to IWMF.

Applications for the first trips to the Mexico-U.S. border and Colombia are open until Dec. 19. Both trips start in Mexico City on April 1 and each is open to six women journalists. Click here to view eligibility requirements and to apply.

The journalists traveling to the Mexico-U.S. border will look at "economic development and the human impact of migration" on the region, IWMF said. The Colombia group will examine “rural and economic development in a post-conflict context.”

The year-long fellowships, of which there are 90 total, will be offered to women and men journalists in the countries covered by the initiative to help “deepen their expertise in a particular subject area,” a release from the organization said. The journalists will receive help from international journalists and local editors.

Themes for the reporting trips and local fellowships include democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, expanded technology access, women’s rights and development, education and conservation, according to IWMF.

As part of the initiative, women and men journalists in the region also will receive Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT).

The Adelante initiative is funded by a $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.

IWMF, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization, was founded in 1990. It “believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women,” according to the organization’s site.

The organization is a watchdog for press freedom, provides leadership and security training and funds and coaches women journalists in digital news entrepreneurship. IWMF previously offered reporting fellowship trips to the Western Sahara, Eastern DR Congo and the African Great Lakes



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